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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine$
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Martin Goodman and Philip Alexander

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264744

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.001.0001

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‘Rabbinic Culture’ and Roman Culture

‘Rabbinic Culture’ and Roman Culture

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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine


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This chapter examines Roman culture through an analysis of rabbinic literature. The findings indicate that Rabbinic texts tell satisfyingly complex stories about Roman culture and its reception. The analyses of some rabbinic stories also attest to a relatively unfraught process of romanisation. However, the rabbinic tales are complicated by all sorts of contextual issues including the rabbis' rejection of Rome and of romanitas in all its manifestations.

Keywords:   Roman culture, rabbinic literature, rabbinic texts, romanisation, contextual issues, romanitas

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